Labour's Pink Bus was in Plymouth yesterday as part of Harriet Harman's Woman to Woman tour highlighting issues affecting women in this election. Alison Seabeck and I were there to greet Harriet and welcome her back to Plymouth.
Labour's Pink Bus arrived on the Barbican to be greeted by Plymouth Labour volunteers with banners and placards. Harriet Harman is a regular visitor to Plymouth and I've campaigned alongside her knocking on doors in Plymouth since I first got involved in the party.
The wind was doing us many favours especially when trying to keep the rain off Harriet and the camera for her interview with ITV Westcountry as the below picture illustrates.
Harriet's visit had a serious side too, namely promoting policies that would affect women in Plymouth. At the last election 740,000 women in the south west didn't vote - that is considerably more than the number of men who didn't vote. Two thirds of people affected by the Bedroom Tax are women and women have been hit especially hard by Tory cuts, rising cost of childcare and the cost of living crisis. Harriet's message was simple: use your vote to change this on 7 May by voting Labour.
More needs to be done to make Plymouth more equal
We all know that even though women are more equal now – there is still a long way to go in our city. The Tory and Lib Dem government is turning the clock back on women’s progress and women are worse off because of the decisions they've made.
Labour will make sure that we listen to you and your concerns. We want to get into government so we can make sure women can make more progress in their lives.
Labour’s ‘Woman to Woman’ campaign mini-bus is touring the country finding out from women about what they want Labour to deliver in government. Harriet has been talking to women at school gates, in workplaces, shopping centres, in town centres and on the doorstep, and Harriet wants you to be a part of it. If you've got an issue or question please get in touch.
Plymouth and Mayflower 400
I was also very pleased to have a chance to speak to Harriet about the importance of the Mayflower 400 celebrations for Plymouth. Labour has already committed to making Plymouth the centre of our national celebrations for the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower and Harriet will be leading on this in a Labour Government.